Category Archives: cultural differences

Herding cats – big day out

It’s been a while since we’ve done a herding cats post, mostly because nothing much has been happening with them. They sleep, they wander, they eat, they poop, they meow (with Aussie accents? not yet), they chase bugs…just normal cat … Continue reading

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How to speak Australian – Part 4

ABC Riverina (the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s local outlet) recently asked on Facebook “if people from Sydney being referred to as Sydneysiders, and people from Melbourne being Melbournians, so what do you call people from the Riverina area?” There were a … Continue reading

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it’s the little things…

It’s been more than 3 months that we’ve been living in Australia, and we feel that we are pretty much settled and understand “the Australian way” – at least enough to not seem like idiots (or Americans). It isn’t a … Continue reading

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Biking around Wagga

As mentioned previously, last week was Bike Week in New South Wales. Every city/country/state/province has something similar…a time when they encourage people to ride their bikes more often but spend more on advertising the event than facilitating it. So there … Continue reading

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Comfort creatures: Herding cats – the homecoming edition, Part 2

We brought the kitties home to the new house that was (almost) ready for them. Couples who are having children often prepare a room for the baby; we kitted out the mostly empty house as best we could for our … Continue reading

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How to cook Australian

Many cultures have a strong connection to cooking with fire. Americans think that what they do – slow roasting on a fire – is real barbecue. Canadians think that quick hot cooking on a grill is barbecue. Argentines cook huge … Continue reading

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Every shop = Op Shop

When we were selling our house in Edmonton, we went through the retail mating ritual of offer -> counter offer -> counter counter offer -> bottom line response -> desperate ‘one more try’ counter offer -> ‘fuck off’ response. We … Continue reading

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